Start Eating Alkaline Forming Foods

Posted by Jabbour Mourad On Sunday, April 21, 2013 0 comments

I started learning about alkaline forming foods several years ago when I was introduced to the raw living foods lifestyle. We can either eat alkaline or acid causing foods. When we consume alkaline foods, it helps maintain a proper acid-alkaline balance in the body, and leads to supporting a powerful immune system. Alkaline and acide forming foods will be reviewed to give you some direction on how to shift what you consume in your daily diet, thereby preventing disease.
The Standard American Diet often consists of all meats, including fish, poultry and eggs. This is often accompanied with the consumption of dairy products such as cheese, and milk, along with breads for breakfast or lunch. Dinner may include pasta or noodles. All of these items are acid forming foods, which includes most legumes. White sugar found in many pastries and baked goods, or added to tea or coffee, is also detrimental to maintaining a proper ph balance in the body.
Some better food options that will alkalize your body include: most raw vegetables and fruits. Incorporating avocados into a daily salad is one good way to transition into a meal that still leaves you full. Sprouts which includes sprouted legumes or whole grains can be added to smoothies or a salad dish. It is possible to purchase sprouts in one of the natural food markets or you are welcome to grow sprouts at home.
In terms of consuming liquids, I would suggest:
  • regular juicing of raw vegetables that makes green juice
  • wheatgrass juice
  • herbal teas
A regular juicer is useful for juicing, but a Vitamix is also handy to keep the bulk of the vegetable in a drink. Spices can also be added to the mixture to give the juice some flavour. I often add ginger to my juices. Herbal teas are also great for a hot drink. I sometimes, add agave or raw honey as a sweetner for my teas.
For snacks, I would suggest either soaked or sprouted nuts. Almonds, hazelnuts, or brazilnuts are great. Sprouted seeds are some of my favorites that include sunflower sprouts. I usually add sunflower sprouts to my salads or smoothies.
For main staples, and instead of pasta or noodles, I would suggest using millet or quinoa, which are excellent sources for an alkaline focused diet.
Incorporating enzyme supplements is another great way to alkalize the body. I have been taking enzyme supplements for almost 4 years now and find it useful for digestion. Enzyme supplements are essential when you eat cooked food. Natural enzymes are released when raw food is consumed as part of a completely living raw foods lifestyle.
I think if you can make the small changes mentioned above, and have 80% of the food eaten produce alklaine compounds when digested, you are in a good position to maintain health and vitality. Keep 20% of what you consume to be the acid-forming foods. Following this will ensure longevity and complete well being.

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